Awnings are an interesting way to maximise the use of your home’s exterior space as they provide shade, and block the sun’s rays. While awnings may seem like an extravagance, they provide a lot of value to your home. Besides the obvious function of keeping your home cool in the heat of the summer, awnings also boost your space’s efficiency and functionality.
Compared to large windows, which tend to block views, awnings provide privacy and shade without reducing the amount of light and air that filters into your home.
If you’re interested in adding awnings to your home with all the benefits it brings, it’s also worth exploring the different types, so you can choose the perfect awning that complements your home.
Common Types of Awnings to Consider for Your Home
1. Fixed Awnings
As the moniker suggests, fixed awnings are permanently attached to your home so you can maximise the value of your outdoor space year-round.
They’re typically made of wood or metal, and fastened to the house with screws, nails, or brackets. Unlike other awnings, these are installed directly onto your home with the help of a professional.
2. Retractable Awnings
Retractable awnings are a perfect choice when you want to maximise the use of your home’s exterior space and enjoy the outdoors without sacrificing the comfort of your home.
These awnings have a very simple design that makes them easy to open and close. These awnings can be installed by yourself or a professional, and come in a variety of colours, styles, and sizes, so you can customise your awning to your personal taste.
3. Motorised Awnings
Motorised awnings are perfect for homeowners who love the idea of retractable awnings, but don’t want to deal with the hassle of manually opening and closing the awning. This is because motorised awnings have a motor system that makes opening and closing an awning as easy as operating a remote control.
Motorised awnings are attached to the exterior of your home, and are a great choice if you’re looking for a more permanent or seamless look.
4. Vertical Awnings
Vertical awnings are similar to fixed awnings because they’re fully fixed and attached to your home. However, unlike other awnings, vertical awnings create a more vertical, rectangular shape, which is great if you want a more modern design.
Vertical awnings are typically lightweight and made of aluminium, steel, or wood.
5. Freestanding Awnings
Freestanding awnings are just as they sound, they don’t attach to your home. These awnings are typically attached to a wall or other stable object, like a fence. They’re typically made of quality materials such as metal or aluminium and are very durable, so they can be used outside for many years.
Freestanding awnings offer a lot of flexibility, as they can be added with other features, like furniture and panels. Freestanding awnings are a great choice when you want to add some extra style and functionality to your outdoor space.
The Bottom Line: Elevating Your Patios, Decks, or Windows with Awnings
As you can see, awnings are an excellent choice when it comes to elevating your home without spending a ton of money. The investment of adding awnings to your home can be made over the span of time, but you’ll definitely see the value it brings to your home.
So, if you’re looking for a great way to increase the value of your home and maximise the use of your home’s exterior space, adding awnings is a great option.
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